After a two-month winter break, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team started their 2015 preseason this week with two days of testing at Almeria Circuit in Spain. The trio of riders on the team for this year’s Moto3 season are Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika, and they were able to get back onboard the new KTM –despite the cold and strong winds that plagued much of the test.
Putting lap times to one side, yesterday the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders had a positive feeling after their first runs with the bike –which they last rode back in November. On Friday, Oliveira (55 laps, 221km), Binder (48 laps, 193km) and Hanika (64 laps, 258km) used the increased track temperature and lower winds to reach positive initial conclusions about their new KTM machines.
From this moment on, Oliveira, Binder and Hanika will have little time to rest. Awaiting them are two consecutive weeks of testing, taking in the Official IRTA Tests for the Moto3 and Moto2 classes. The first begins next Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th February at Valencia, the scene of the final Grand Prix of last year.
44# Miguel Oliveira
“The goal here in Almeria was to shake off the cobwebs after two months without riding the bike, and to better understand both the bike and the team. In the end this has proved to be a very positive two days; we added important kilometers to the clock with the new KTM. Now we go to Valencia for an official test, with a good initial feeling which makes a big difference. There we will work to try to get the most out of the setup and learn all that we can.”
Team Manager – Aki Ajo
“It was important to participate in these first two days of testing in Almeria, in order to be prepared in the best possible way for the first official IRTA test of the year next week in Valencia. We thought it was important to have this first contact to confirm that everything works well, that everything is well organised and to allow the riders to reconnect with the KTM. Hopefully next week the weather is more favourable in Valencia and we can continue to move forward.”
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